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Career Opportunities at Dealroom

Written on December 13, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

About Dealroom

Dealroom is Europe’s leading database for startups, technology and venture capital. We track technology companies worldwide, using a combination of user-generated data, machine learning, and manual curation. Our mission is to enable better and faster investment decisions by providing actionable insights and decision-support tools. Our clients are venture capital & private equity funds, investment banks, consultants and corporate executives.

Career opportunities

Dealroom is growing fast. We have a number of career opportunities across multiple disciplines, based in Amsterdam:

  1. Developer (Frontend and/or Backend)
    We are looking for frontend (JS React) and/or backend (PHP) developers to join the existing development team. You and the rest of the product team will be jointly responsible for delivering a top-quality SaaS product and UX to our clients (investment professionals, corporate executives and founders).
  2. Sales & Marketing Roles
    We are looking for highly driven individuals in both Sales and Marketing. As Business Development Manager, your task is to identify potential clients, engage with them to understand their needs and help them bring their data to the next level. As Marketing Manager, your role is to engage with existing and potential new end-users through on/offline channels. You will also be responsible for establishing partnerships with local ecosystems.
  3. Junior Research Analyst
    As a research analyst, you are responsible providing for turning data into insights, and help our clients understand how technology is shaping their future. We are not looking for experts per se, but rather for analytical and curious minds.
  4. Research Intern
    Throughout the year we offer internship positions for students from all educational backgrounds. You will work directly with Dealroom’s CEO and the rest of the team. Learn everything about the world of technology, startups, and venture capital.

Major upgrade to heatmaps

Written on December 10, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Over the past weeks we’ve implemented a major upgrade to the popular heatmaps. Here’s a quick overview of what’s new:

Feature #1: you can now change view to yearly vs. quarterly and by amount vs. by number of rounds. Also, you can now export data

Feature #2: you can now view heatmaps within selected markets. For example, here are top industries in the UK:

Feature #3: you can now view new VC funds by country. As you can see below, UK and France are going head-to-head by amount of new funds raised by VCs:

We hope you enjoy! For any questions please contact us via Intercom in the bottom right of your screen.

Amsterdam tech: over 60K jobs, with 10K net jobs added in last two years alone, new Dealroom report shows

Written on November 26, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Amsterdam has rapidly become a top-tier tech hub in Europe. The city is home to Dutch companies such as Adyen, Takeaway.com, Booking.com and MessageBird. Several major global tech companies have made Amsterdam their European hub, such as Uber, Netflix and Tesla. But how many people work in Amsterdam’s tech community? What is the overall impact on the Amsterdam job market? A new report, prepared by Dealroom.co and commissioned by StartupAmsterdam answers these questions.

The report is free to download here

Key findings

  • About 60K people work at 1,052 tech companies in Amsterdam, thus representing 11% of the total 527K job market in Amsterdam (1)
  • 756 companies were identified as startups (2-50 people), 263 as scale-ups (51-500 people), and 33 as grownups (500+ people)
  • Local tech giants, Booking.com, TomTom and Adyen, together employ nearly 6K people in Amsterdam. The 30 largest home-grown companies represent 16K jobs (= 48% of home-grown jobs and 26% of total jobs)
  • 859 companies are home-grown (founded in Amsterdam), representing 55% of all 60K jobs. 184 companies are major foreign tech companies with significant presence in Amsterdam such as Uber, Netflix, Microsoft (representing 45% of 60K jobs)
  • The main growth drivers are home-grown startups & scale-ups, growing jobs by 13% per year between 2015 and 2017, and foreign tech companies growing jobs by another 9% per year (2)
  • Over 10K jobs were added in two years, making tech a major driver of job growth in Amsterdam, matched only by the hospitality sector (restaurants, bars, hotels), and growing well ahead of finance and other major sectors
  • Venture capital activity, which has tripled in the last 4 years, is acting as an important catalyst to job growth. In 2016 Dutch VCs raised records amounts of capital. This means plenty of dry-powder still to be invested in 2018 and 2019

Scope & methodology

  • This report is prepared by Dealroom and commissioned by StartupAmsterdam, who also provided hands-on support with data and data-cleaning
  • A bottom-up approach (company-by-company) was applied by using Dealroom’s own database as foundation, with additional desktop research
  • StartupAmsterdam provided valuable input and made supporting data available
  • This report focuses exclusively on tech-centric companies in Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, between 2015 to 2017
  • Included are startups (2-50 people), scale-ups (51-500 people), grownups (500+ people) and foreign tech companies with significant presence in Amsterdam
  • Excluded are companies with one employee. Not counted are tech jobs at multinational companies (Shell, Philips, ING…)
  • Most of the data used in this report is available for free via the Amsterdam Startupmap, a crowd-sourced & free resource, powered by Dealroom
  • Dealroom anticipates doing recurring updates of this study to monitor the evolution of Amsterdam’s tech ecosystem

About Dealroom

Founded in 2013 in Amsterdam, Dealroom helps corporations, investment firms and governments to track innovative companies and identify strategic opportunities, through data-driven software which is accessible via dealroom.co. World-class corporates, venture capital & private equity firms, consultants and banks use Dealroom’s software, database and bespoke research to identify & track growth opportunities and stay at the forefront of innovation.

Notes:

  1. Source: City of Amsterdam’s ARRA database.
  2. Bron: Estimate by Dealroom based on years 2011-2017.

Useful links:

Report: https://blog.dealroom.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Amsterdam-Nov-2017-vFINAL.pdf
Image: https://blog.dealroom.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Amsterdam-Nov-2017-vFINAL.png
Amsterdam Startupmap: https://startupmap.iamsterdam.com/map

Deep tech & artificial intelligence in Europe: full report

Written on October 29, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

As promised, a fresh report on European deep tech & artificial intelligence. Investment trends, notable companies, exits, and so much more. You don’t want to miss this one. Get the 25-page deck directly in your inbox below:

Deep tech & artificial intelligence in Europe

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What are Deep Tech and Artificial Intelligence?

Written on October 23, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

UPDATE 29 Oct 2017: the full report is now available for free download here.

This week Dealroom will release a free report on European deep tech & artificial intelligence. Ahead of that report, this is a preview.

What is Deep Tech?

Deep tech is (admittedly) a subjective term, but useful and frequently requested, in order to group companies that use cutting-edge technologies to solve complex problems. Examples include: artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous driving & delivery, space-flight, aviation, computer vision, speech recognition, AR/VR.

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

The above shows that AI is the most frequently occuring description within Deep Tech (it is also the broadest definition). The below schematic from Neota Logic shows the fields of specialisation within AI. For example, machine learning is a more narrowly defined specialisation within AI (where algorithms learn themselves, without needing to be literally 100% pre-programmed). These fields are not mutually exclusive. For example, natural language processing, vision, and speech recognition all make frequent use of machine learning.

What is an Artificial Intelligence company?

Artificial intelligence is increasingly applied across more “traditional” domains such as travel (Skyscanner), music (Spotify) and of course advertising. The term “artificial intelligence company” will therefore likely be obsolete soon, similar to the term “mobile company” (nearly every modern company is mobile-ready, albeit to varying degrees). An important distinction with mobile however, is that AI requires massive capital investments which only few can afford: computing power, data-aggregation, and skills. Either these costs will diminish quickly or true AI-capability is going to be highly concentrated around a few category killers (Facebook, Amazon, Google, Spotify) and potential future government-funded initiatives.

Europe’s top funded Deep Tech companies

The below data table shows several high-profile deep tech companies, ranked by amount of VC funding. The top three funded Deep Tech companies in Europe and Israel are Roviant, Improbable and Mobileye (click to open data-table):

Top investors

Europe and Israel have already generated several high profile Deep Tech exits, as the below data table shows:

Exits

Europe and Israel have already generated many exits:

For more information on Deep Tech in Europe, stay tuned for the full report later this week.

 

Enabling notifications to track companies and entire markets

Written on October 16, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Want to track companies, investors and entire markets and receive notifications on them? Here’s how:

  • To track an individual company, visit any profile and then save it (click the heart symbol, then add it to a List)
  • To track an entire market, create a search, then save your search (your search must have less than 5,000 results)
  • You can then to view your notifications to see on mentions, found matches, rounds and exits. You can filter your notifications as shown in the image below.

To help you get started, please feel free chat with us on Intercom (bottom right of your screen). 

HelloFresh, Deliveroo and the path to profitability in Food Tech

Written on October 8, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

HelloFresh, the Berlin-based global meal kit service that’s 53% owned by Rocket Internet, is planning an IPO in October.

HelloFresh is said to be seeking a valuation of €2 billion, roughly 2x its run-rate revenues of €1 billion. Our online valuation multiples show that is double the 1x revenue multiple of Blue Apron, a U.S based close peer, which has been badly struggling after IPO-ing earlier in 2017.

HelloFresh has shown impressive growth in recent quarters of about 53% by revenues and customers, 3x faster than 18% growth for Blue Apron, which it has now also overtaken in size. Blue Apron even posted a net loss in active customers in Q2, and had to announce that it will scale back its marketing efforts. Incidentally, HelloFresh is also the second fastest hiring company in European Food Tech in the Dealroom database (after Deliveroo).

On the other hand, HelloFresh has yet to achieve positive gross margins (i.e. margins after cost of goods, fulfillment and marketing expenses). The below analysis shows what the path to profitability might look like:

In other words, if HelloFresh can reduce marketing expenses closer to Blue Apron’s 14% of sales, then positive gross margins and even positive EBITDA margins are well within reach. Today however, HelloFresh is burning about €100 million in cash per year and with €113 million of cash on the balance sheet this means it has about one year run-way left. An IPO is therefore very welcome and should provide the company with enough new capital and time to reach that profitability. The open question is what user growth will look like by then.

Deliveroo

Another high-profile food tech player is Deliveroo. Recently its 2016 financials were disclosed, showing zero gross margins and a negative 100% (!) operating margin. It is easy to be cynical (as this funny Twitter exchange between Index Ventures Partner and Deliveroo investor Ben Holmes and skeptic Luke Johnson showed). But perhaps it is far more interesting to try and understand the numbers, to see if there is a path to profitability here:

In the case of Deliveroo there are clear precedents. Of course Deliveroo’s business model is more complicated and operationally risky than Just Eat’s business model. And Deliveroo’s management already disclosed it needs affluent areas with high densities to thrive. There are plenty such places around the world of course. At the same time, rival Uber has lost it’s aura of invincibility (and potentially it’s London license).

Food tech investment has had a major revival in 2017, almost back to 2015 levels. This is partly thanks to large venture capital investments into Delivery Hero (which has been performing above market expectations recently), Deliveroo, Picnic and others. To explore the investment data in more detail, see the below interactive Food Tech VC funding chart:

Interested in a further deep dive into food tech? Check out this Dealroom / Priori Data report from earlier this year. It combines proprietary data from Dealroom and Priori Data with annual reports, investor presentations and equity research about Just Eat, Takeaway.com and Rocket Internet, plus SimilarWeb online traffic data:

Food Delivery Tech Deep Dive

If you have any questions regarding this report or to find out how we can help you with data, intelligence or bespoke research, please do not hesitate to contact us. Contact details are provided inside the report.

Report: European VC fundraising has tripled in three years to about €12 billion today

Written on September 20, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

How much venture capital is out there? Where is it coming from? Is Brexit causing a shift in Europe? This free 17-page Dealroom aims answer these questions, packed with new insights about the European VC landscape.

Underlying data used in this report is available online. If you have any comments on data in this report please contact us via [email protected]

Fundraising by European Venture Capital Funds

Download the 17-page slide deck now

Key insights:

  • Fundraising by European VC funds has tripled from about €4 billion in 2014 to €12 billion in 2016 and a similar amount likely to be raised in 2017
  • The number of funds grew at the same pace, from 30 to 100 new funds per year, while the average size per fund is constant around €110M
  • In 2016, continental European VC fundraising made a surge, especially in France, Sweden, Netherlands
  • And in 2017 for the first time ever, France leads with €2.7 billion funds raised, vs. €2.3 billion in the UK

Additional resources:

You can now also explore new VC funds by country and per quarter via this New Funds heatmap:

You can also make detailed filters in this New Funds list. For example, these are new Paris-based VCs and corporate funds with Health Tech experience.

 

New: create your own interactive charts

Written on September 16, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

You can now easily create your own interactive charts. This allows you to analyse funding and exit trends by industry, market or any other filter. For example: series-A rounds in London, or VC-backed exits in Europe.

To get started, simply visit Transactions (Rounds or Exits), then use the normal filters, and click on Show Stats. You can view data quarterly or annually. To see the individual transactions inside each quarter click on the columns inside the chart, which will then show the transactions in that period, sorted from large to small.

Click here to get started now!

The left chart shows amounts in € millions (top 3 means: the three largest transactions), while the right chart shows number of transactions.

Your chart creation in stored in the URL, so you can easily share it. For any questions, please feel free to contact us via Intercom inside the app.

Note: excluded from funding totals are: debt rounds, secondary rounds, outside tech, lending capital.

The 2017 State of European Tech is on its way. Contribute now!

Written on September 13, 2017 by Yoram Wijngaarde

Where is Europe’s tech now and where is it headed?

You tell us.

In November 2017, Atomico and Slush will publish their annual State of European Tech report, the most comprehensive deep-dive into the local ecosystem and the issues that impact it most — from talent and capital, to the strength of communities and the challenges and opportunities of deep tech.

A core part of the report is an annual survey of the people that make up the European ecosystem: the entrepreneurs, investors, developers and the individuals across Europe’s many start-up hubs.

Dealroom is proud to support the survey as it sets out to become the definitive dataset of tech communities in Europe.

Please click here to help make they survey a success and have your say

It should take no more than 5 minutes to complete – 5 free Slush 2017 tickets are also up for grabs for those who complete the survey before 8 October.

Thanks for helping to make the voices at the heart of European tech heard.